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Jun
07

HHS Considers lifting Gay Blood Ban

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This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Blood Committee will review it’s policy on banning Gay men from donating blood. Read More→

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U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., didn’t mince words Thursday in calling for the repeal of the long-standing ban on gay men donating blood.

“Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban,” Kerry said  in Bay Windows, a New England-based gay and lesbian newspaper.

A letter to the FDA — spearheaded by Kerry and signed by 20 other Senate Democrats — is more guarded, calling for the administration to review — and modify, if appropriate — the long-standing prohibition. Read More→

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May
30

Gay Blood Ban

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16 senators called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end the ban on blood donations by gay men. In a letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Thursday, the senators called the policy “medically and scientifically unsound” and called out the double standard placed on gay men who want to be donors. Read More→

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Gay men are banned from blood and bone marrow donations in the United States and Canada.  Aside from inequity, this impacts directly on the survival of cancer patients seeking bone marrow or blood donations from matching gay relatives.  It is time to change the policy for all men who have sex with men.


From an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal:  Since 1983, blood agencies in Canada, the United States and other industrialized countries have disallowed blood donations from men who have sex with men because of the possibility of infection with HIV/AIDS. The exclusion barred men who had sex with men from 1977 onwards as it was determined this date preceded the start of the AIDS epidemic. Read More→

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John R. Seffrin, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
American Cancer Society

Dear Dr. Seffrin:

I write to you today with the hope of getting a greater understanding about why The American Cancer Society’s Pinellas County branch canceled an LGBT-focused Relay For Life that was scheduled for March 21, 2010.  As described by the event’s organizer, Bobby Poth, American Cancer Society officials “ were worried about how the general public would react to an LGBT-targeted event [and] allowed personal beliefs to play a role in that fear, etc.”

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cancer survivors, their friends, family and care givers, deserve complete and unfettered support by all of us, including the American Cancer Society. Homophobia is vile and life threatening, particularly to those who are vulnerable because of ongoing health care treatment.   Out With Cancer – The LGBT Cancer Project is our country’s first and leading LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy national nonprofit organization.  We know that prejudice hurts LGBT cancer survivors, diminishing access to appropriate health care, elevating psycho-social stressors and reducing research into LGBT health care disparities.  To see our country’s largest cancer survivor nonprofit, the American Cancer Society give in to homophobia, is harmful to all of us.

I look forward to your reply on this issue.  Thank you for your consideration.

Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW
Executive Director
Out With Cancer – The LGBT Cancer Project

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The American Cancer Society’s Pinellas County branch canceled the first-ever LGBT-focused Relay For Life that was slated for March 21.  See Out With Cancer’s letter to the American Cancer Society at http://lgbtcancer.com/out-with-cancer-letter-to-acs-regarding-homophobia/ Read More→

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Rights of Hospital Patients to Receive Visitors and to Designate Surrogate Decision Makers for Medical Emergencies Read More→

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Senator’s Letter to Health & Human Services  to: The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius Read More→

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Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to investigate reports that gay and lesbians are being excluded from medical clinical trials. Read More→

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President tells Lambda Legal client that what happened to her was ‘outrageous’ and thanks her for her courage. Read More→

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